This is a delicious summer favourite mango jam recipe. It is a gluten-free, vegan fruit jam made with only 3 ingredients. Be sure to watch the video!
Homemade Fruit Jam
Making fresh fruit jam at home is a straightforward and therapeutic process. For people like me who love, love, love fruit jams, there is nothing better than the homemade sweet goodness with the fruit’s natural taste.
Among all the fruit jam flavours – strawberry jam and mango jam is my all-time favourite.
As I said, I love homemade fruit jams for many reasons besides the finger-licking good taste and texture. Here are a few of them:
- no added pectin
- one-pot recipe
- gluten-free & vegan
- natural colour & flavour
- zero thickening agent
- easy to make and store
- chemical preservative-free
- minimal ingredients required
Best MANGO For Jam
The firm, ripe, and sweet-tasting mango pulp works best for making the jam. Avoid using overripe or mangoes with a mushy pulp.
Usually, I prefer mango varieties like Alphonso, Ratnagiri, or Kesar for this mango jam recipe and my 15+ mango recipes. These Indian mango varieties have a flavoursome sugary taste, deep yellow colour with a rich aroma, and a lot of fibre that gives the jam a great texture.
You can make jam with Goan Mangad, Mexican, or other sweet tropical mangoes.
Mango To Sugar Ratio
The one thumb rule that always works for making fruit jam is the equal ratio of 1:1 (fruit: sugar). An equal amount of fruit and white granulated sugar will always yield the perfect jam.
A mango jam with slight tartness is more delicious than one tasting like a sugar syrup with no original flavor of the fruit.
However, it is always best to taste fruit like strawberries or mango to know about their natural sweetness. And then, add sugar according to the taste of the fruit. As for the mangoes, which are way too sweet, I follow the ratio of 2:1 (mango to sugar).
Watch Mango Jam Video
If you are looking for exciting new flavours of mango jam, here are a few recipe variations:
Rosemary: A teaspoon or a dash of rosemary adds a great aroma and a subtle sharp taste to the mango jam. You can use fresh or dried rosemary.
Saffron: A pinch of saffron gives the mango jam a deep hue, rich aroma, and taste.
Ginger: You will be surprised that grated ginger tastes great in a mango jam. The subtle sharpness and earthiness of ginger complement the sweetness of mangoes.
Red Chili: Mango and chillies are a great savoury combination. The spiciness of red chillies and the sweetness of mangoes are a match made in heaven. In a jam or a spicy dip, this flavour combination tastes divine.
A few times, readers of my blog complained that their fruit jam got spoiled after a few days. It happens because of improper storage.
Use a clean, dry, sterilized jar for storing the fruit jam. Dirt or junk in the jar lid and an unsterilized jar will spoil your mango jam.
A glass jar rather than a plastic or metal container is best for storing fruit jams.
Store mango jam in the refrigerator. It remains fresh and tasty for 3 – 6 months.
Use a clean and dry spoon to scoop out the jam each time. Keep homemade jam away from moisture and water. One tiny droplet of water and the jam takes no time to develop fungus.
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3 Ingredients Mango Jam Recipe
- 500 gram mango pulp
- 250 gram granulated white sugar
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- Dice half of the mango pulp or roughly chop it into tiny pieces. Transfer to a bowl. Add granulated white sugar. Mix nicely. Set aside for 10 – 15 minutes. After 10 minutes, sugar will be completely dissolved with the mango pulp and a yellow color juice will be released. Do not rush this process.
- Transfer the mango pulp along with all the yellow liquid to a saucepan. Turn on the stovetop heat to low. Start cooking the jam.
- Blend the remaining half of the mango pulp without any water. Add to the simmering pulp along with the lemon juice. Stir to combine.
- Stage 1, the jam will be watery, with big chunks of mango. Keep cooking on low heat, while stirring at regular intervals.
- Slowly, the texture of the jam would thicken a bit. Use a potato masher or a ladle to gently mash the mango pieces. Keep stirring at regular intervals.
- After 15 – 20 minutes on low heat, the mango pieces mashed nicely, and the jam will start sticking to the spoon. Turn off the heat.
- To check the consistency of the mango jam, spread a big tablespoon of jam on a plate. The mango jam should be thick, doesn't drop off easily, and will stick to the plate. Else continue to cook further.
- Allow the mango jam to cool down completely at room temperature. Store the cooled mango jam in a clean, sterlisied glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Serve mango jam on a bread slice or store in the refrigerator.
- You can use canned mango pulp as well for this jam recipe. Adjust the amount of sugar according to the taste of the canned mango.
- Use fine granulated white sugar for this mango jam recipe. And not powdered sugar, icing sugar, or big crystals of sugar.
- Make sure to use an enamel-coated ceramic or nonstick saucepan for making the jam rather than the cast iron pan, aluminum, or any other reactive metal cookware.
- Do not add any water or juice/syrup while cooking the jam. The mango needs to cook in their own natural juices and sugar.